The following recommendations were made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Hepatitis B:

These groups are recommended for hepatitis B vaccination:

  • Sex partners of HBsAg-positive persons
  • Sexually active persons who are not in long-term, mutually monogamous relationships
  • Persons seeking evaluation or treatment for an STD
  • Persons found to be anti-HBc positive should be tested for HBsAg. HBsAg testing may be performed on the same specimen collected for anti-HBc testing. If the HBsAg test result is positive, the person should receive appropriate management.
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Current or recent illegal injection drug users
  • Household contacts of HBsAg-positive persons
  • Residents and staff of facilities for developmentally challenged persons
  • Healthcare and public safety workers with reasonably anticipated risk for exposure to blood or blood-contaminated body fluids
  • Persons with end-stage renal disease, including predialysis, hemo-, peritoneal-, and home-dialysis patients
  • International travelers to regions with intermediate or high levels of HBV infection
    • (Visit cdc.gov for countries with intermediate or high levels of HBV infection)
    • Persons with chronic liver disease
    • Persons with HIV infection
    • All other persons who wish to be protected from HBV infection

If you have questions about the Hepatitis B vaccine, consult your doctor before vaccination.

For more information about the vaccination process, including side effects, download the Vaccine Information Sheet here.